A New Year, A New Me: Five Worthy (And Doable!) Goals for the New Year

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Five worthy goals for the New Year that anyone can accomplish! Let’s do this!

Five worthy and doable goals for the New Year. Make the New Year your best year ever by taking the time to try new things and explore the world around you. #goals #inspiration #newyear #resolutions #newyearresolutions #newyearsgoals

This year I’m kicking off January not with resolutions, but with achievable goals for the New Year. I went through a lot last year. From changing unhealthy relationship patterns, moving on from a not so pleasant divorce and learning how to manage a chronic illness so it doesn’t manage me. It’s been a doozy. With past challenges conquered, however, I’m super excited about all the new adventures in store for me in the coming months.

Following are some of the goals for the New Year that I’ve set for myself. I hope you’ll join me in on some of these endeavors to explore and try new things. I’d also love to hear what your goals for the New Year are. So don’t forget to share your plans for conquering 2019 in the comments.

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Goals for the New Year

#1 Make wine.

I’ve always wanted to make wine. My first husband used to make beer from scratch. However, there’s typically a lot of equipment to buy for winemaking.

Just before Christmas however, Greg bought an Instant Pot pressure cooker. Our first dinner we made in our new Instant Pot for baby back ribs was amazing! (And yes! They do fall off the bone.) However, on our second dinner attempt we learned the hard way that the smell of chicken fat rendering challenges my nose in a very big way. That, and we didn’t realize until after the fact, you need to clean the seal with vinegar after every use and/or purchase separate sealing rings for different types of dishes/meats. (After dry heaving for an hour straight I’m never eating chicken thighs again.)

However, while chicken is permanently knocked off the Instant Pot menu, other things are still a go. Like making wine. Yes. For around the half the cost of a Bota box, you can make your own wine. You don’t even need fruit! Just grab a bottle of Welch’s grape juice, some sugar and yeast and you’re all set! (Plus you’re not fighting with those giant glass jugs so it’s perfect for small spaces.) You can find the instructions for making your own Instant Pot wine here.

Five worthy (and doable!) goals for the New Year that anyone can accomplish! Let's do this!

#2 Focus on strength training.

I put on quite a bit of weight (for me) last year. I actually went up two full sizes. Part of it was stress, part was a prescription medication (I’m no longer taking) and some of it is just age. Hormone changes after 40 can really leave you struggling a bit with self esteem. However, I’ve finally gotten to the point where I’m okay with weight gain – or even the unfortunate redistribution of said weight from my butt to my gut – as long as I know I’m still eating healthy. So instead of cardio (which is nearly impossible to tackle with fibromyalgia) one of my top goals for the New Year is strength training.

As we age we start to lose muscle. According to Forbes, we lose about 25% of our muscle between 30-35. By age 70, it’s as much as 50%. Therefore, resistance and strength training is extremely important once we, as women, hit our forties. Especially if want to retain our independence throughout the later years of life. I’m starting out slow with knee push ups and yoga, but I’m getting it done! I’d love to hear your favorite ways (or video titles) that you use to help build muscle and strength. So please share your tips in the comments!

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#3 Create less waste.

While it’s nearly impossible to achieve a 100% zero waste lifestyle, there are simple things one can do to minimize excess waste – especially in the kitchen. Last year I fell in love with Grove’s European dish cloths. I even got my BFF hooked on these. She’s always holding on to her paper towels and reusing them multiple times on the counter. Not only to reduce waste, but also to save money.

Not surprising, the European dish cloths were an instant hit in her home! Not only are they thicker and have a higher absorption rate than regular paper towels, you can reuse them over and over. Simply toss them in the dishwasher on your regular cycle when they get dirty. This, of course, also frees of some counter space if you have a small kitchen.

I’ve also made the switch to Grove Collaborative’s cleaning concentrates. Not only am I not having to repurchase my cleaning supplies in bulky plastic spray bottles, I’m also saving a ton of storage space. (Which REALLY matters when you live in a tiny apartment. Grove’s cleaning concentrates come in tiny 1 oz. containers to reduce plastic waste and lower your carbon footprint. All you need to do is add one to a 16 oz. glass spray bottle, then fill with water and shake.

I also love that they’re made with non-toxic, plant derived ingredients including natural essential oils. Paired with a microfiber cloth, my apartment is cleaner than it’s ever been. (Though Greg will tell you it’s somewhat more cluttered with all the soapmaking supplies.)

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If you’re interested in trying out Grove’s cleaning concentrates, now is the time to make that leap for the New Year. For a limited time you can get a free set of three cleaning concentrates (for tub & tile, glass and all purpose cleaning,) a glass spray bottle, a cleaning caddy and walnut scrubber sponges with your first $20 order. They even throw in free shipping! Spend a little more and they’ll also send you a free stoneware tray. I use mine on our granite countertop for my dish and hand soap. It keeps the water from pooling on the granite so I don’t get those dark water marks. Shop now so you don’t miss out!

DIY Gelli Printing Tutorial! Gelli printing is monoprinting using a gel printing plate. Because the gelli plate is made out of a gel, it's extra sensitive surface will imprint any texture that it is sitting upon or covered with. So you can use materials such as bubble wrap, plastic grids, foam stamps, stencils, leaves and string to create unique and beautiful prints.

#4 Learn something new.

Last year I started taking art classes through a local event called Wine and Art Wednesdays taught by my friend, Hillary. I learned some pretty amazing new crafts while also enjoying the chance to meet new people with similar interests. (You may recall me sharing tutorials from of a few of these classes including how to make needle felted wine bags and suncatchers from upcycled CDs as well as how to create alcohol ink ornaments and gelli prints.)

Five worthy (and doable!) goals for the New Year that anyone can accomplish! Let's do this!

This year I plan to attend even more classes to expand my experience starting with ribbon and macrame mobiles next Wednesday. I’ll also be (finally!) enrolling in an herbal course through The Herbal Academy. If you’ve been thinking about enrolling to expand your knowledge of herbs, now is a great time to do so!

Right now The Herbal Academy is offering up to 25% off all of their courses through January 6th, 2019. Not only will you save money by enrolling now, but The Herbal Academy just announced they will be closing course registration for the Introductory, Intermediate, and all herbalist packages on January 7th until further notice as they undergo some website improvements. So don’t delay! If you’re interested, be sure to sign up now!

Five worthy (and doable!) goals for the New Year that anyone can accomplish! Let's do this!

#5 Take the opportunity to forage (and frolic!)

While living in an apartment doesn’t allow the luxury of the garden, I can still enjoy the outdoors and forage for common herbs and flowers. Last year I stumbled upon a patch of chamomile growing wild off The Greenway I walk on during warmer months. Natural herbs and botanicals like plantain and wild violets are also super common in my hometown. I often find them in backyards and growing along city sidewalks. So even if I discover a new plant that I’m not sure hasn’t been treated with pesticides, I can still use the experience to look it up and learn more about it. Not to mention the hunt for new plants means me getting outdoors and walking even more in the New Year.

(I’m also considering making a handmade book with local plants from our area. Something like my 4th grade project when I had to collect and identify 40 different species of trees in book form, smashed between sheets wax paper heated up with an iron.)

If your area doesn’t offer much of an opportunity to safely forage for wild herbs and plants to use in herbal recipes, then check out the organic dried herbs offered from Mountain Rose Herbs to use in your custom tea blends or homemade herbal salves. Or give this recipe for a homemade energy gel a try!

See. I told you these goals for the New Year would be easy! Now be sure to tell me what your doable goals for the New Year are in the comments. Or, share yourself in action working on your goals via instagram with the #soapdelishowoff so we can all inspire one another! (And yes! Soapmaking goals absolutely count. If you’re finally making cold process soap for the first time, I want to know!)

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Creative Instagram Accounts That Will Inspire You

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Need some inspiration to spark your own creative side? This collection of creative instagram accounts reflects the talents of artisans and small businesses that you’re guaranteed to fall in love with!

Creative Instagram Accounts That Will Inspire You! From small artisan businesses to creative artists, the wonderful people behind this collection of ten creative instagram accounts are just a few of the gems you might not have stumbled across otherwise. I hope you enjoy their creative spirit as much as I do. And, that in turn, they are able to inspire your own creativity and style.

There are so many wonderfully creative people in the world. And many times, a large number of them go overlooked. Not because we aren’t looking, of course. More like a sign of the times.

The information overload that comes with our rapidly evolving digital age means that we are able to explore and discover more than ever before. Google maps can give us a street view, for example, of what it’s like to walk down a road in Dublin, Ireland without ever leaving home.

At the same time however, just as it was before the age of the internet, there are wonderfully creative people we simply never get the chance to discover.

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With trends a constant popularity contest to see who can come out on top it’s no surprise. Those who’ve already been discovered rise to the top while many of us feel like we’re still sitting on the sidelines. Hopefully this collection of creative instagram accounts will open up your world a little bit more and give some less known artists the chance to shine.

Creative Instagram Accounts

From small artisan businesses to creative artists, the wonderful people behind this collection of ten creative instagram accounts are just a few of the gems you might not have stumbled across otherwise. I hope you enjoy their creative spirit as much as I do. And, that in turn, they are able to inspire your own creativity and style.

BONUM Atelier Soap

A soap artisan and teacher from South Korea, this account inspires with creative handmade soaps and a behind the scenes look into the world of soapmaking.

L’Apothicaire Plush

Samantha of L’Apothicaire Plush shares unique one of kind and limited edition bath and body products available in her Etsy shop. From bath bombs and shower steamers to soaps and wax melts, all of Samantha’s products are given individual attention – many of which are hand painted to resemble tiny works of art.


Silver Lining Soap

Did you know that black light soaps are actually thing? Silver Lining Soap pushes the limits of creativity on her YouTube channel where she shares her soapmaking process for making blacklight soaps – inspired by 80’s posters, of course! – planetary galaxy soap and even a fresh take on unicorn soaps!


Stonebridge Soap Company

Launching in August 2018, this Canadian soap company reminds us of the beauty that is present in simplicity. Her wonderful collection of handmade soaps reflect simple yet elegant designs that remind us of the beauty that can be found in nature.


Brooklyn Floral Delight

If ever in New York City I would not miss the chance to visit this awe inspiring bakery! In addition to simply stunning floral, succulent and even unicorn cakes, you can also take floral icing classes to learn how to make your beautifully decorated desserts from master artist, Jiahn Kang.

This creative instagram account is a wonderful source for those of you who enjoy decorating artisan soaps with soap “icing.”


AstroBarn Design

Sometimes deciding on packaging and labels for your own handcrafted products is even harder than making them in the first place. This is where AstroBarn comes in.

This creative shop offers a stunning collection of roller bottles like you’ve never seen like pastel colored bottles as well as frosted bottles with gold foil lettering. In addition you’ll also find fun pre-made labels and essential oil journals. Her instagram account is a mix of all of these things with warm photos of her family and her watercolors sprinkled throughout.

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Eucca

From Martha Stewart and David Tutera accredited designers, Eucca shares their love of carefully crafted flowers and succulents on this instagram account that reflect the offerings in their Etsy shop of the same name. So whether you’re looking for inspiration to create a stunning spring terrarium or you’re shopping for on trend succulent creations for your wedding, you won’t be disappointed.

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Shimmer & Luxe

If you love sparkles, shimmers, pastels and mermaids, then you must explore the world of Shimmer & Luxe! Another one of my favorite creative instagram accounts, the UK company Shimmer & Luxe sells affordable little luxuries for a blissful bathtime on Etsy where you’ll discover a unique collection of bubble bars, body butters, cream soaps and wax melts.


Sunbasil Soap

After a decade of soapmaking, Sunbasil Soap – who can also be found on Etsy here – continues to bring us bright, cheery and whimsical soaps for every occasion. With new products and photos added with each new holiday and every new season, there’s always something new and fun to discover!

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While there’s not a lot of information attached to this instagram account, the photos speak for themselves. Filled with bold colors and metallic micas, these artisan soaps will encourage you to stretch the boundaries of your own soapmaking talents.

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Kitchen Table Makeover (Or rather, how I brightened up my drab kitchen!)

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Brighten up your drab kitchen with a bright, beautiful kitchen table makeover! The great part about updating your old furniture is that not only is it a lot a less expensive than buying new furniture, it’s also a great way to express your own personal style.

Kitchen Table Makeover! Brighten up your drab kitchen with a beautiful, bright kitchen table makeover! The great part about updating your old furniture is that not only is it a lot a less expensive than buying new, but it's also a great way to express your own personal style. So if you want to experiment beyond the traditional kitchen table makeover, repainting your kitchen table with actual art gives it a wonderfully fresh update!

So if you want to experiment beyond the traditional kitchen table makeover, repainting your kitchen table with actual art gives it a wonderfully fresh update!

As my current kitchen is rather small and dark, even with a picture window, I was able to brighten up the entire room by just painting the top of my kitchen table in bright and sunny colors. Keep reading to see the transformation and to learn more about my process!

The Story Behind the Table

So basically I was starting with my husband’s hand-me-down kitchen table. It’s a basic black dinette table with a set of four chairs that barely squeezes into our eat-in kitchen. When we got married in May and I moved back to Roanoke and into my husband’s house, the finish on the table was already damaged. It no longer shined like the chairs and the rest of table and the finish looked “patchy.”

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Having it in my head that I was going to paint the table top at some point anyway, I took advantage of the kitchen table as a craft table. Between one rather somewhat therapeutic craft night with my friend Bambi in which the start of repainting the top somehow turned into it looking like it was covered in mud, and then the spilling of fragrance oils and nail polish base on others, I ended up leaving it more wrecked than it started out. (You can see a somewhat frightening retelling of part of that saga here.)

So last Wednesday afternoon, being somewhat burnt out with bath and body projects, I dug out my collection of craft paints I keep on hand for DIY craft nights and went to town. In retrospect, I probably should have primed the table first. But once I had started I wasn’t going back. Luckily the paint seems to have stuck rather well. Following is a photo retelling of my kitchen table makeover.

My Kitchen Table Makeover

Before the Makeover.

Kitchen Table Makeover! Brighten up your drab kitchen with a beautiful, bright kitchen table makeover! The great part about updating your old furniture is that not only is it a lot a less expensive than buying new, but it's also a great way to express your own personal style. So if you want to experiment beyond the traditional kitchen table makeover, repainting your kitchen table with actual art gives it a wonderfully fresh update!

During the Makeover.

Kitchen Table Makeover! Brighten up your drab kitchen with a beautiful, bright kitchen table makeover! The great part about updating your old furniture is that not only is it a lot a less expensive than buying new, but it's also a great way to express your own personal style. So if you want to experiment beyond the traditional kitchen table makeover, repainting your kitchen table with actual art gives it a wonderfully fresh update!

Kitchen Table Makeover! Brighten up your drab kitchen with a beautiful, bright kitchen table makeover! The great part about updating your old furniture is that not only is it a lot a less expensive than buying new, but it's also a great way to express your own personal style. So if you want to experiment beyond the traditional kitchen table makeover, repainting your kitchen table with actual art gives it a wonderfully fresh update!

Kitchen Table Makeover! Brighten up your drab kitchen with a beautiful, bright kitchen table makeover! The great part about updating your old furniture is that not only is it a lot a less expensive than buying new, but it's also a great way to express your own personal style. So if you want to experiment beyond the traditional kitchen table makeover, repainting your kitchen table with actual art gives it a wonderfully fresh update!

Kitchen Table Makeover! Brighten up your drab kitchen with a beautiful, bright kitchen table makeover! The great part about updating your old furniture is that not only is it a lot a less expensive than buying new, but it's also a great way to express your own personal style. So if you want to experiment beyond the traditional kitchen table makeover, repainting your kitchen table with actual art gives it a wonderfully fresh update!

Kitchen Table Makeover! Brighten up your drab kitchen with a beautiful, bright kitchen table makeover! The great part about updating your old furniture is that not only is it a lot a less expensive than buying new, but it's also a great way to express your own personal style. So if you want to experiment beyond the traditional kitchen table makeover, repainting your kitchen table with actual art gives it a wonderfully fresh update!

Kitchen Table Makeover! Brighten up your drab kitchen with a beautiful, bright kitchen table makeover! The great part about updating your old furniture is that not only is it a lot a less expensive than buying new, but it's also a great way to express your own personal style. So if you want to experiment beyond the traditional kitchen table makeover, repainting your kitchen table with actual art gives it a wonderfully fresh update!

Kitchen Table Makeover! Brighten up your drab kitchen with a beautiful, bright kitchen table makeover! The great part about updating your old furniture is that not only is it a lot a less expensive than buying new, but it's also a great way to express your own personal style. So if you want to experiment beyond the traditional kitchen table makeover, repainting your kitchen table with actual art gives it a wonderfully fresh update!

After the Kitchen Table Makeover.

Kitchen Table Makeover! Brighten up your drab kitchen with a beautiful, bright kitchen table makeover! The great part about updating your old furniture is that not only is it a lot a less expensive than buying new, but it's also a great way to express your own personal style. So if you want to experiment beyond the traditional kitchen table makeover, repainting your kitchen table with actual art gives it a wonderfully fresh update!

Kitchen Table Makeover! Brighten up your drab kitchen with a beautiful, bright kitchen table makeover! The great part about updating your old furniture is that not only is it a lot a less expensive than buying new, but it's also a great way to express your own personal style. So if you want to experiment beyond the traditional kitchen table makeover, repainting your kitchen table with actual art gives it a wonderfully fresh update!

Kitchen Table Makeover! Brighten up your drab kitchen with a beautiful, bright kitchen table makeover! The great part about updating your old furniture is that not only is it a lot a less expensive than buying new, but it's also a great way to express your own personal style. So if you want to experiment beyond the traditional kitchen table makeover, repainting your kitchen table with actual art gives it a wonderfully fresh update!

Once I finished painting my table, I sealed it with multiple thin coats of a Devine Color by Valspar Clear Sealer Topcoat that I picked up at Target. (They do also sell a paint and primer that bonds to wood, metal, glass, plastic and other surfaces.) Its luxe glossy finish both seals and protects and I felt it also gave my finished kitchen table that extra pop.

My bright and sunny kitchen table makeover was inspired by the work of artist, Hillary Hardison!

Incidentally, the colors for my kitchen table makeover were inspired by a wax painting titled, Wanderer 2, that I purchased from my friend Hillary Hardison. Previously employed by our local art museum, the Taubman Museum of Art, Hillary has since ventured into self employment as a full time artist.

Additionally, she has plans for a once monthly paint night in the works for about half the price of established paint nights. The focus is less on structure and more about interacting and having fun while creating. (Kind of like my DIY crafts nights!) She will also be teaching structured three-hour art workshops on weekends if you’d like to learn a new skill.

If you like Hillary’s artwork you can discover more via her booth at the Aurora Studio Center on Campbell Avenue in downtown Roanoke, VA. Alternately, you can view and sign up for Hillary’s workshops here.

Anyhow, if you’re thinking of repainting some of furniture in your home, be sure to check out this tutorial on how to paint furniture (the right way and not how Rebecca did it) at Centsational Style blog here before getting started. Not only does it cover proper priming, but there’s also information on sanding, filling holes and gouges, and choosing the right paint brush for the job.

And, if you do decide to makeover a piece of furniture in your home, I’d LOVE to see it! Simply share it with the hashtag #soapdelishowoff on instagram so I don’t miss it!

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Weekly Wrap Up (Week of June 18th-June 24th)

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This past week I’ve been busy brainstorming like made for new bath and body recipes and I’m so excited to get started on my new to do list! Some of the projects I plan to share will also be a part of what I’ve coined my Craft & Cocktail Nights that I’ll be having about every other week with my friends. The first one is tonight and we’ll be making DIY nail polishes using a suspension nail polish base, micas and glitters.

Painting wooden birdhouses!

In actuality, since I moved back to Roanoke and am once again in close proximity of some of my favorite and true blue friends, I kind of have a craft & cocktail night anyway about once a week with someone near and dear.

Craft & Cocktail Night! Painting wooden birdhouses.

Those projects, however, are typically one on one on a night there are no kids and my husband has his weekly band practice. I often use those nights for experimenting like mad. Sometimes those creations make it to the blog. Other times they don’t.

Craft & Cocktail Night! Painting wooden birdhouses.

This past Thursday my husband’s band, Virginia Electric, actually had a gig so we skipped the weekly craft shindig for music. I headed out to hear my husband’s band play and my friend Bambi hit a local venue to hear her friend’s band. The Thursday before however, we tried two new fab red wines and painted birdhouses.

Craft & Cocktail Night! Painting wooden birdhouses.

Craft & Cocktail Night! Painting wooden birdhouses.

It was ridiculously enjoyable. We did get a little crazy though when I thought it’d be a marvelous idea to paint the kitchen tabletop. (If you follow me on instagram it’s likely you’ve already seen that disaster.)

Craft & Cocktail Night.

We sort of got WAY into it and the whole incident became a “blow off steam/sensory play” experience. It was quite fun and I recommend everyone do it at least once in their lives – but definitely do it outside.

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The tabletop ended up looking like a smear of mud so in the end, I cleaned off the tabletop – leaving only a few streaks of glitter behind that didn’t come off – and slaved a bit over the kitchen clean up. We had started by splattering paint and squirting it onto the table so by the end of the night there was paint on the floor and the walls and randomly in the strangest of places.

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My husband was rightfully a bit miffed. It was quite the disaster to walk in on. And he walked in as I was attempting to mop the kitchen floor – a feat that only made the floor look worse. Think a film of a mud like colored substance everywhere the mop had been. So I got down and dirty with towels and kitchen cleaner and pretty much scrubbed the kitchen floor on my hands and knees along with the table, chairs, walls and even the sides of the cabinets. Thus, should you ever repeat this exercise in complete lack of self control, I highly recommend you take it outside.

The next day there were muddy paint footprints I scrubbed off the wood floor – along with Bambi who had her own footprints she took home with her.

Still, there were and are no regrets because it was the most amazing time! And luckily, having spent quite a few years raising two daughters, my husband was a lot more understanding than I would have been had I walked in on the same disastrous aftermath.

If you want to paint your own birdhouses, this is actually a great project for the family if you skip the cocktail part of it. You can find the birdhouses online at Target.com here. (I hadn’t seen these at my local Target, but they also tend to sell out of crafty supplies and materials there rather quickly.)

Some other wonderful things I’ve enjoyed this week include this beautiful handmade soap from Lavish Clean Intentions. It’s scented with spearmint and eucalyptus and is one of my favorite handmade soaps shared using the hashtag #soapdelishowoff on instagram this week.

I’ve also found a new favorite white wine –  Three Thieves 2015 Pinot Grigio. It’s a steal at $10 a bottle and of course, there’s an additional dollar off per bottle when I buy six at Kroger!

As there’s always a question about using preservatives in homemade skin care products, a great article I recently rediscovered and pinned to my DIY Bath and Body Pinterest board is this one from Soap Queen blog. It will help you answer the question as to whether or not your homemade product needs a preservative. And if so, what is the best preservative to use for your product type.

These DIY Pork Dumplings from HelloFresh are AMAZING!

I’m also in love with the Pork Dumplings Recipe from HelloFresh. This is the second time I’ve ordered this meal with my box as it’s so amazing! I’m cooking this for dinner tonight pre-party. If you’re not a HelloFresh subscriber you can sign up here and get $40 off your first order.

I hope everyone enjoys the rest of the weekend and that you all have a super creative inspiring week next week! See you then!

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DIY Ideas for Homemade Soap Labels

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DIY Ideas for Homemade Soap LabelsOne of the most difficult things for me about soapmaking isn’t coming up with new recipes or ideas, it’s coming up with a design for the actual labels that go on the resulting soaps. So I thought I’d share just a few ideas for inspiration to help you with your own homemade soap labels whether you’re crafting handmade soaps to sell or to give as handmade gifts.

I created the side wrap labels for my handmade activated charcoal facial soap (pictured above) in Open Office, which is a free open source program similar to Word. First, I measured out my soap bar to figure out what size my labels needed to be then created two columns with these size guidelines in Open Office. (Don’t forget to create padding between the two columns to compensate for the width of your soap.) In the left column I typed out the ingredient list, weight and company information. I then copied and pasted this information down the entire left side of the column. Then, in the right hand column I typed in the soap name using a decorative font.

Then I placed a frame in center of the name and left it blank so I could adhere a “Handmade with Love” sticker inside the empty frame once printed. I purchased these particular stickers from Cute Tape, however you can create your own Kraft stickers and labels with Kraft sticker paper from World Label. Alternately, you could also insert a picture or drawing here in lieu of a frame.

Also, if you are creating frame around the label with an existing frame or picture, you will need to wrap the frame in the background and then arrange it by sending it to the back. Once I had my design in place for the front side of the label, I then copied and pasted the soap name and frame down the entire right side of the column so that it lined up with the ingredient list on the left. I then printed them onto a full page white sticker sheet.

Too much of a challenge? You can download the soap labels like the ones pictured above here, then use a PDF converter to edit the text with your own information.

Printable Mountain Range Soap LabelUsing the same basic concept I also created this Mountain Man Detox Soap Label using my own drawing I scanned into the computer in place of the frame.

Creating Custom Soap Labels

Like the previous soap label, the ingredients, weight and business info wrap around onto the back of the soap so just the soap name and image appear on the front. Alternately, you could also place the company name on the front above the picture with the type of soap below the picture. You can use a black and white image and either leave it black and white or color it in with markers by hand for a more homemade look. Or you can simply use a color image and print the labels out in color. You can download my Mountain Range Soap Labels in black and white here. Or download in color here. You will have to use a PDF converter to edit and customize the labels.

Ideas for Wrapping and Labeling Homemade Soaps - Cigar Band Soap Label

Another simple way to label your soaps is with a cigar band label. These labels can be wide or thin. And as the only labeling requirement for true soap (created from primarily fats and an alkali) is the weight, you can make these a minimalist as you like. Rather than make a perfectly straight rectangle shaped cigar label for my Handmade Summer Festival Soap, I included some clip art I purchased for this soap label to give it some shape and dress it up a bit.

Handmade Soap Packaging Idea - Homemade Soap Wrapped in Kraft Paper with a Sticker Cigar Band Soap LabelYou can use images in any number of ways on these cigar band labels. However, the smaller your label, the small and simpler the image for your soap label should be. Here, I wrapped the soap first in Kraft paper and then applied a cigar band soap label that was printed onto sticker paper.

Handmade Cork Wrapped Soaps from Bodhi Basics - Homemade Soap Labeling and Packaging IdeaFor more ideas, I suggest window shopping! There are so many amazing handmade soap artisans online, that’s it’s easy to browse products from other companies to help inspire your next soap label or packaging design! For example, Bodhi Basics (pictured above) wraps her lovely natural, organic soaps with paper cigar band labels printed on Kraft paper with a piece of cork tucked inside.

Black Licorice Halloween Soap from Daily ReposeWhile Daily Repose dresses up her simple Kraft paper labels from her handmade soap line with a lacy paper doily edge and ribbon. I also love how she decorated her seasonal soaps for Halloween with little accents like the skull featured on this black licorice scented soap (above.)

Sandalwood and Vanilla Scented Soap from Sunshine GardenSunshine Garden wraps her soaps in what appears to be waxed paper or parchment. Then wraps with a cigar band label made from decorative papers. A round sticker label with her company name, fragrance and weight.

What are some of your favorite ways to wrap your own homemade soaps whether to sell or to gift?